Boatbuilder’s legacy will be to help industry

FUND Jack Chippendale
FUND Jack Chippendale
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A BOATBUILDER who was born in Portsmouth has left a legacy for future generations.

Jack Chippendale, who died in February, aged 87, was born in Old Portsmouth in 1924, and started his own business in Swanwick in 1947.

By 1955 Chippendales was based in Fareham, and employed 35 people locally.

One of those was Eric Harvey, who was Mr Chippendale’s foreman until the business was wound up in 1971 and Mr Chippendale moved to Norfolk.

But he kept ties to the south coast.

Mr Harvey said: ‘Until recently he was senior instructor at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis – when he became unable to drive he ran the courses from his home.

‘He will be remembered as a traditional wooden boatbuilder, keen to adopt modern techniques as they became available, and for his belief in ensuring the crafts he had mastered were passed on to a new generation.

‘The boating world has lost a great man.’

Mr Chippendale’s wife, Freda, had already passed away and he is survived by his stepdaughter Karen.

A fund has been set up to support two annual prizes for the most promising boatbuilding trainees.

One will be awarded by the BBA in Lyme Regis, while the other will be awarded by the Anglia Boatbuilders Association.

For more information see boatbuildingacademy.com or angliaboatbuilders.org.uk